Newcastle have gone the last 5 games and picked up only 2 points.
Check Tiote – in action on Saturday
Three defeats and two draws in the last five games, and when that happened last season, Chris Hughton was fired following the 3-1 defeat at WBA on 5th December.
But there’s no such panic going on this season, with Newcastle still fairly well placed in the Premier League in 7th position, 2 points behind Liverpool and 4 points in front of Stoke City, and with a better goal difference.
Newcastle were back to somewhere near their best form last Saturday, after the wheels came off at Norwich City, where we lost 4-2 and played with no recognized center-backs, and unfortunately it showed.
Newcastle conceded four poor goals, when we had only conceded 8 goals in the first 11 league games of the season, and at Carrow Road three goals were conceded from set plays – not good.
But certainly Alan Pardew is not panicking at all:
“Sometimes you just need a break. We put balls across and hit a post. Demba had a brilliant swivel, which could have gone in.”
“They have a good work ethic, a good spirit, they slowed the game and made it difficult for us. Outside of their nice play, they had all the tricks in the book, don’t you worry about that.”
“Had we scored in the first half, it would’ve been a very difficult game. I think Brendan Rodgers will be pleased to get a draw here.”
It was great to see Cheick Tiote back in the side after being out since October 22nd with his knee injury, and Coloccini made a huge difference at the back, after he had missed the Norwich disaster with a thigh problem.
But Fabricio as expected, had another good game and made it easy for James Perch at the back.
James looked solid alongside the Argentine International on Saturday, and helped to get the job done, and it was very good for the side to get their 5th clean sheet of the season.
We need another one of those on Wednesday night and maybe we can get a win, and we certainly need one against WBA.
Alan talked about having Cheick back on Saturday:
“He has been out for four weeks and trained two days! Obviously we’ve done some work in the gym with him – but it was touch and go whether he was going to start.”
“The impact of his name on the team sheet for us and them was going to be significant. Outside of his first couple of touches, he was terrific.”
Alan had said before the game on Friday that if Cheick was fit, he would start on the bench, and that he was only 30-70.
And Pardew also had said that Coloccini was only 50-50 for the game, but those comments were obviously to keep Swansea guessing, as Colo had said in an interview with nufcTV on Friday that he was OK and ready to play.
Cheick was great on Saturday and he’s become a very well liked figure at Newcastle.
That’s not only because he’s a good player and loves life at Newcastle, but he uses his wages from the club to support his five brothers and three sisters back home in the Ivory Coast.
There’s something very good about having a player like that at Newcastle, and we have to hope Liverpool or Chelsea don’t come in with silly money for him next month.
We want to keep this lad at Newcastle, and he can become one of the stalwarts of the side still under construction on Tyneside.
Howay The Lads!!